Yet Another Stamp in the Ol’ Passport

A day-trip outside the European Union to Montenegro.

On a whim, Zita, Charlotte, and I decided to book a daytrip to Montenegro, Croatia’s neighboring country.

The trip we booked through TIC Dubrovnik left the Pile Gate at 7:20am, took us across the border into Montenegro on a bus, and drove us to three separate cities, two along the Bay of Kotor coastline and one further south.  Unfortunately, Zita wasn’t feeling well on Friday, so Charlotte and I set off by ourselves.

Map
Oh! A handy dandy map for reference!

Herceg Novi was our first stop upon crossing the border.  Here, we stopped to use the toilet and grab coffee before continuing on our way into our first city, Perast (the star with no label).

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Our first view off of the bus. It took us roughly 30 minutes to drive from one side of the bay to the halfway point at Perast.
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Tiny town. We only stopped here for an hour or so. We made a point to walk to the one tall building, pictured below.

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There were also two islands in the middle of the bay.  We hopped on a boat and went to one.

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Our Lady of the Rocks

The legend of Our Lady of the Rocks began when two fishermen on a boat in the middle of the bay found a painting of a woman perched upon a rock. They took it inland and showed everyone. They went back out and found the same painting on the same rock. The villagers took this as a sign and decided to create an artificial island in her honor.  However, they didn’t know how to create an artificial island. So they sunk 100 boats to create a base down to the seabed.

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Howdy!
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Standing on Our Lady of the Rocks, looking out at St. George.

St. George is closed to the general public but has a graveyard on it that is tended to regularly.

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A closer picture of St. George.

At this point, we got back on the bus and drove around the bay some more until we arrived at Kotor.

Kotor had an unofficial mascot: freaking fracking cats.  Everywhere.  So many cats.  Blech!  We walked around the city for a few minutes before deciding we were going to hike the mountain to check out the view.

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St. Luke’s Church built in 1195.
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St. Triphon’s Cathedrale, 1166, with the flag of Montenegro.
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Cliiiiiimb e’ry mountaaaaaain.
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It was kinda like the Great Wall of Kotor…
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Overlooking the Bay.
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What’s this?  Alison gazing in awe at water again?  How shocking…

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Wild and crazy!
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Too cool for school.

At that point, we hurried down the mountain to make it back to our bus.  I did, however, turn around to get a few quick photos from the bottom of the mountain looking up.

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Outside the city walls. Kotor was originally ruled by the Venetian empire before it was taken over by the Slavic communists…so signs of Venetian rule, as well as walls defending the city, are still there.
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The steeple church thingy is where we stopped. Not cause we couldn’t physically go further…but because we ran out of time.
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Aaaand once more… “Ooooooh!  Ahhhhhh!”

We hopped back on the bus to go to our final stop of the day, Budva (yet another city surrounded on all sides by tall stone walls).

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What I imagine Verona looks like in the time of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
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City walls.
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Overlooking the water.

In each of the shops we walked into, we kept seeing this graceful figure of a dancer and we were determined to figure out why it was so prevalent in Budva souvenir shops.  Well, we found her!

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I nearly died trying to get this picture…but I don’t even care.

Lastly, Charlotte and I simply HAD to get closer to the water.  We wandered onto a beach and, when no one was looking (hah! let’s be realistic, everyone was looking), we jumped over the water and scurried onto a jetty that, in hindsight, we probably were not supposed to be on.

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But I mean COME ON. JUST LOOK AT THAT WATER!
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This is our “breaking all the rules” face.

Rounding out our trip, we hopped back on the bus and made our way slowly but surely back to Croatia.  On the way back, our tour guide gave us a fascinating insight into Croatian culture and politics that had me on the edge of my seat nearly the entire way back.

Honestly, in my entire trip (London, Paris, Dubrovnik), my day-trip to Montenegro was probably my favorite part.  If you get the chance, make the trip.

Author: alisonlcohn

Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communications Advertising. Traveled a bit. Taught for two years. Administered aptitude tests for a while. Worked as a Training Associate for Guardian Mortgage and a Quiz Master for Geeks Who Drink. Now studying to get my Master's in Film in London, England. Nice to meet you!

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